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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 95 (Apr 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Tobin Bell, Ken Leung, Makenzie Vega, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer, Benito Martinez & Leigh Whannell

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include a brief look at the making of Saw, trailers and TV spots, rated and unrated versions of the Fear Factory music video

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lions Gate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 16541
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Strong Grisly Violence And Language
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/15/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): James Wan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Adam (played by screenwriter Leigh Whannell) is one of two men who awaken to find themselves chained up at opposite ends of a room. Between Adam and Dr. Gordon (Elwes) is a man lying dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Neither have any idea how they got there, and they soon learn that they are pawns in a game played by a sadistic madman. A Saw is offered to them, but the blade is not strong enough to cut through chains...only bone. Decisions...decisions.... (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.75:1 DVD exhibits a gritty, edgy stylized appearance. The picture offers satisfying sharpness and detail, and contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced. The color scheme can have a desaturated appearance, can be awash in cold blues and green hues, or can be naturally balanced and nicely saturated. The source element is revealing of film grain and flecks of dirt and artifacts. While edge enhancement is not a problem with this title, there is some minor pixelization noticed at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

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